Star Wars Celebration VII

Art From a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Princess Leia and Dia De Los Muertos Vader maskOn August 21, 2011 artists Randy Martinez and Denise Vasquez opened their first ever gallery exhibit in Los Angeles at Hold Up Art Gallery in the heart of Little Tokyo (a neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles). Titled, "Art From a Galaxy Far, Far Away", the evening had a terrific buzz and fantastic art.

Fans were greeted at the entrance to the gallery by several Stormtroopers and even Boba Fett, compliments of the Southern California garrison of the 501st Costuming Legion. Martinez and Vasquez are both honorary members of the organization due to their continued contributions and support of its activities. The 501st Legion outside the gallery helped draw in huge crowds from the streets of the bustling community. Inside, patrons were met by Darth Vader himself... as well as some fantastic art from Martinez and Vasquez.

Martinez had a robust display of his Star Wars works on display - some of which fans are most likely familiar with and some of which were brand new. Of the new works, a set of four pieces depicting Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo and Boba Fett in front of comic-style backgrounds that related to the character were a huge hit with those in attendance. Martinez also displayed work ranging from original art used by Topps for trading cards, art from Lucasfilm's marketing campaign for Star Wars Celebration V in Orlando and art he's previously released as limited prints via ACME Archives.

Vasquez also had an impressive collection of new artwork exhibited. Her set of Dia De Los Muertos vinyl was headlined by an amazing Darth Vader helmet. She also displayed an impressive Darth Maul bust and several amazing dolls including Yoda, Han Solo and an awesome Padme (dressed in her funeral down, of course)!

The one thing that shined through above all else is Martinez and Vasquez's pure love and joy for a certain galaxy far, far away...


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